The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Thank you to everyone for their patience during the last few months since the Kumamoto Earthquake. Robert has been working with disaster relief group IDRO Japan in the earthquake affected areas of Kumamoto, and this has caused some delays in listing, messaging and shipping. Now back in the gallery and actively seeking new stock. For more on these efforts see IDRO Japan on Facebook.
Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1345484 (stock #MOR5338)
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A ghoulish character from the Otsu-e pantheon, the Oni no Nenbutsu, a devil in priests robes, stands grinning, hammer in one hand to bang his bell and a ledger in the other in which are noted all the peoples sins. This figure is carved of wood and covered in lacquer and mineral paints. Dating from the 19th century (Later Edo period) it is 13 inches (33 cm) tall. There are some losses to the pigments accentuating the antique feel.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1365964 (stock #ALR6503)
The Kura
$1,750.00
A skeleton sits among the dried grasses, alone and forgotten, perhaps reflecting on his life in this eerie painting by Buddhist priest Higuchi Ryuon dated Meiji 6 (1873). Ink on paper, it is 41.5 x 179.5 cm (16-1/4 x 70-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition and has been completely remounted in a border of two subtle shades of black with colorful piping and features black lacquered rollers with mother of pearl flakes. It comes in a kiri-wood box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1361047 (stock #TCR6452)
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A large futamono (covered dish) in the shape of a Tai-fish by Ninnami Dohachi enclosed in a triple wood box signed and annotated by renowned potter Miura Chikuken (Chikken). The Tai fish (Red Snapper) is a popular motif and commonly served in celebratory occasions because its name (Tai) is a homophone for Medetai (celebration). The stomach section is removable to reveal a compartment where fish might be served. It is 36.5 x 23 x 20 cm and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1350838 (stock #MOR4667)
The Kura
$1,700.00
A pair of Geese made from gourds capped with zogei beaks and filled with tiny lead balls so that they may be balanced into any position on their root-wood base. One of the most elaborate Scholar art gourd designs I have seen. Each goose is roughly 8.5 cm and 10 cm respectively (3-1/2 and 4 inches), the base 17 x 12 cm (7 x 5 inches) and all in excellent condition, dating likely from the Meiji or opening years of the 20th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1920 item #1323986 (stock #MOR5065)
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A pair of root-wood geese carvings 10 x 4 x 3 inches (24 x 10 x 9 cm) and 6 x 3 x 8 inches (14 x 6.5 x 20 cm) respectively. There are some minor losses around where the feet are attached to the natural form polished wood bodies, otherwise are in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1364161 (stock #ALR6483)
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A superb image by Hirai Baisen depicting the fire lit on the mountains surrounding Kyoto on the final day of Obon enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled “Okuribi”. It is performed with washes of ink and gold on silk, bordered in a fine frame of patterned brocade. It is 22 x 79 inches (56 x 200 cm). It features large ivory rollers, which will need to be changed if shipped outside Japan...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1309466 (stock #ALR4933)
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A snake slithers through the late summer grasses on this painting by Utsumi Koho dated 1901. Painted on silk, it has been completely remounted in a fine cloth border featuring blackened wood rollers. The scroll is 20-1/2 x 71-1/2 inches (52.5 x 182 cm) and is in fine condition. Utsumi Koho (Tsunejiro) was born in Chiba prefecture in 1878, the tenth year of the Meiji period. He studied the Shijo manner of painting under Mochizuki Kinpo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1800 item #1361491 (stock #TCR6463)
The Kura
$750.00
A beautiful dark square of clay from the Shigaraki kilns forms a box for carrying incense covered in rich red-brown glaze, the surface pocked with shiseki stones dating from the first half of the Edo period (17th -18th centuries). It is 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) square and in overall fine condition, enclosed in an age-darkened kiri-wood box bound with buck-skin.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1366518 (stock #MOR6519)
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Lotuses in ink decorate the white silk of this Fukusa hand painted by Ema Tenko in Meiji period Japan. It is 14 x 14 inches (35 x 35 cm) and in overall fine condition.
Ema Tenko (1825-1901) was a Physician and scholar-artist/calligrapher born the sixth son of Confucian scholar. He was adopted by Ema Ryuen, physician in attendance to Ninnaji-no-miya, and pursued Dutch studies and composition of Chinese poetry...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1366517 (stock #MOR6518)
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Hand painted pine boughs interspersed with blossoming plum decorate the white silk of this Fukusa hand painted by Ema Tenko in Meiji period Japan. It is 25 x 27 inches (64 x 68 cm) and in overall fine condition.
Ema Tenko (1825-1901) was a Physician and scholar-artist/calligrapher born the sixth son of Confucian scholar. He was adopted by Ema Ryuen, physician in attendance to Ninnaji-no-miya, and pursued Dutch studies and composition of Chinese poetry...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1355717 (stock #MOR6410)
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A smoking set of hardwood and silver which has been decorated all about with feathers in lacquer. It is roughly a perfect 20 cm (8 inch) cube. Everything about it speaks of top quality. The wood is an imported hardwood, from the rosewood family. Two silver hooks swing out in front to hold the gold, silver and shakudo pipe. The top is decorated with plum blossoms around an intricate brazier cover. A silvered handle on top allows for easy carriage, secured to the sides with silver feathers...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1351723 (stock #TCR5094)
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A pair of gorgeous Meiji period vases from the Kyushu kilns of Takatori enclosed in a superb compartmentalized cross-cut-cedar wood box. They are roughly 12 inches (30 cm) tall each and in fine condition.
Takatori Yaki was started by Korean potters brought over to Japan during the invasion of Korea in the Momoyama period...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1313684 (stock #TCR4982)
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A raw earthen bottle hand formed for sake and engraved with a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu. It is 5-1/4 inches (13.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. The poem reads:
Fuyubata no On the Daikon Leaves
Oone no kuki ni In a winter field
Shimo Sae Te Frost gleams
Asatode Samushi Going out in the morning I feel cold
Okazaki no sato Here in Okazaki village
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1320280 (stock #MOR5031)
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A large bronze figure of a Shojo sake-sprite offering a cup of merriment to a turtle (the symbol of longevity) signed by Shoun and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is x 6 x 7 x 7-1/2 inches (14 x 18 x 19 cm) and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1350150 (stock #ALR5361)
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A brilliant scroll depicting a Kabuki actor by Hayashi Bunto (1886-1966) memorializing the performance of the famous Kabuki Drama Senbon Zakura (1,000 cherry Trees) enclosed in the original signed wooden box thus titled. It is enclosed in a fantastic border of color and monochrome woodblock theater pamphlets and album pages depicting historical scenes of this play. The actor featured carrying a bucket of water and dressed as a commoner is likely the character Taira no Tomomori disguised as an ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1366590 (stock #MOR5203)
The Kura
$195.00
An offering of flowers and a Buddhist reliquary decorate this beige silk Fukusa hand painted by Kubota Beisen. On the reverse is a plum blossom crest. It is 25-1/2 x 30 inches (64.5 x 77 cm).
Kubota Beisen (1852-1906) was a student of Suzuki Hyakunen, who expanded upon his teachers style with a flare for western techniques, while remaining recognizably Japanese. He helped to establish and taught at the Kyoto School of Painting (Future Kyoto University of Fine Art). He also served as a ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1366846 (stock #MOR6528)
The Kura
$1,250.00
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A very unusual bento box in the shape of a chagama kettle for boiling water in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The body is covered in textured matt lacquer resembling the blackened raw iron of the kettle, with ro-iro black on the bottom and vermilion within. It breaks down into five separate pieces, each serving as a dish or bowl. Assembled it is 25 cm (10 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, dating from the Meiji period, and comes in a wooden box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1364442 (stock #TCR6491)
The Kura
$225.00
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A set of five Hirado dishes dating from the Meiji period (19th century) decorated with vines burgeoning with grapes and waves over which soar plovers. They are roughly 14 x 22 cm (5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.